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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fred Noland, a Longtime SF Weekly Illustrator, Gets an Etsy Store

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Free-Swinging Expression: San Francisco Nudists and the Founding Fathers For SF Weekly - FRED NOLAND
  • Fred Noland
  • Free-Swinging Expression: San Francisco Nudists and the Founding Fathers For SF Weekly

You might recognize the work of Fred Noland from Sucka Free City columns in SF Weekly, to which he's been contributing illustrations for years. Having amassed a sizable back catalog, he's doing what any artist of his caliber would do: spending three days sealed in a Lucite box in the Tate Modern's Turbine Room next to Marina Abramovic and Tilda Swinton.

OK, that's a huge lie. Noland is starting an Etsy store.

click to enlarge Westfield Warriors! - FRED NOLAND
  • Fred Noland
  • Westfield Warriors!

In it, you can find prints for as little as $15 on up to $300, all in the same madcap gouache style. 

click to enlarge Extreme Kayaking - FRED NOLAND
  • Fred Noland
  • Extreme Kayaking
Noland told SF Weekly by email that, "The foundation of my art is the Expressionism and Underground Comics. The comics influence gives my work a narrative feel, hinting at subjects transitioning form one moment to the next. Expressionism provides the emotional charge, grabbing the viewer by the lapels or gently by the hand. My tools of choice are decidedly old school: pen, ink and brush. My style: disarmingly retro, manic, cute, grotesque. In an age of ever-encroaching technology, art connects us to our roots, drawing on cave walls."

An Oakland resident, Noland's Tumblr feed gives a good indication of his slightly twisted sensibility. His other clients include Revolver, Nickelodeon, Canoe and Kayak, TokyoPop, LA Weekly, Tennis and Xbox Magazine, and his work has been shown at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum, SOMARTS, Amaru Gallery, and RPS in Oakland. A forthcoming Best Of book will be published by Seattle's alt-comics powerhouse Fantagraphics FU Press in 2015.

Everybody's a got a friend who's house has some blank wall space that needs a bit of manic energy, so check Noland's store out.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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